This week has been awesome. I can’t even remember all that we’ve done, but it’s been filled with friends, fun and laughter. Kesha and Oliver arrived on Tuesday and miraculously brought some warm(er) weather with them! We’ve been exploring new restaurants and new areas of town, and even managed to stay out till the bars closed one night. It’s so fun to see the city you live in from a fresh perspective! We had a blast prepping for, and hosting a 13 person Thanksgiving dinner. Our fridge is so full of leftovers that it’s really overwhelming to open our fridge. You never know what mysteries the aluminum foil holds!
I finished my first crocheted blanket, and I’m really happy with how it came out. I was going for a real home-madey look. This is a Christmas present for my nephew, Kai. I hope he (and his Momma and Daddy) like it! I only used yarn that I already had, and it felt good to lighten the load in my yarn bag. Dulcinea helped me out by testing all the squares. She says they’re squishy and warm.
We made a giant bed in our room to accommodate our guests:
Hanukkah candle lighting, Mayfield Park, Thanksgiving prep, dinner, and the aftermath! 🙂
(Kesha is excited about the huge peacock roosting above her head)
This year I’m thankful for: dishwashers, old friends, new friends, taking risks, new adventures, family, and delicious vegan food.
I thought it was really great that only 5 out of the 13 people at our dinner were vegan, but everyone was willing to go out on a culinary limb and try their hand at cooking a vegan meal. I really appreciated it, and was so happy everyone came and kicked off our first Austin Thanksgiving in style!
The all important food list:
2 tofurkeys, stuffing, mashed potatoes, mashed turnip, gravy, sweet potato latkes with cranberry chutney and applesauce, kale salad, green bean casserole, 2 pumpkin pies, apple crisp w/ french vanilla ice cream, avocado and caramelized onion crostinis, quinoa salad, chocolate raspberry cake, sweet potato casserole, chocolate chip cookies, roasted vegetable medley, cranberry jelly, southern punch, spiked apple cider, and egg nog! YUM!